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Sichuan Peppercorn Chicken

Reheating time: 10-15 minutes

Simple = better. Unequivocally so. Unless you’re sitting down at a 20-course tasting menu in like copenhagen or something, simple is always better. Doesn’t mean that simple has to be boring! Not at all. Just saying that a lot of times food is overexecuted to give it more importance or dramatic effect than it needs. I think that’s a big waste of time, and detracts from the overall experience. And don’t get me wrong- I am definitely guilty of overexecuting. All. The. Time. It’s the hardest part of menu development- telling yourself to calm down, and that it’s just dinner. Keep it simple, make everything delicious, and cook it all with finesse and love. That’s all it takes. We followed that mantra tonight, and the end result is simple, relatable, and a nod to some of our favorite flavors and ingredients. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Just make really tasty food, with lots of love, and honor and respect the ingredients and history. Tonight, we’ve got a beautifully 5 spice + Sichuan peppercorn rubbed breast, citrusy-soy braised thighs, blistered green beans, roasted broccoli, and spring onion + roasted mushroom lo mein. It’s delicious, it’s simple, and it’s everything we want to eat all the time. Get in there!

For the chicken breast + thigh:

These can be warmed together in the same vessel with the same preparation. Simple and easy! Arrange the pieces on a sheet tray lined with tin foil, skin side up, and pop them in the oven at 425F for 6-10 minutes, till they are nice and hot. Once hot, switch the oven to broil, and crisp up the skin under the broiler till it’s bubbly and golden brown. A little char never hurts, so don’t be afraid to get some color on there. Highly recommended! 

For the broccoli:

Best way to reheat the broccoli is to pretend that it’s actually a piece of chicken, and do it the exact same way as the other pieces of chicken. Easy. Bake, and char under the broiler. That is all. Keep it simple!

For the green beans:

You’re totally sick of hearing this, because you definitely don’t enjoy cold food as much as I do, but for real- I wouldn’t heat these up. HOWEVER- I understand. Cold food isn’t everyone’s cup of cold tea (iced tea for life). To reheat, just give these a quick broil with the chicken and broccoli- skip the bake, we just want to take the edge off slightly. When you transition from bake to broil, make a bit of space on the tray for the beans, and add them on there. Broil till slightly caramelized and hot!

For the lo mein:

You definitely want to give this a pan fry! We just roasted and sauteed all the veggies, lightly poached the noodles, and mixed everything together with an amazing sauce. We’re counting on you to give them the pan-fry thy need, to bring them to life. In a super hot nonstick pan, fry up the noodles with a bit of oil, toss toss toss, and once they’re hot and fragrant, they’re ready to go! Easy. 


That’s it! Thanks for ordering 🙂 Dinner is served, and solved. <3 WECO

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